If lawmakers really want to stop blank checks for spending binges, they should start with the Pentagon.
Ryan Alexander is president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan federal budget watchdog. www.taxpayer.net
Our lawmakers should spend the next month figuring out how to reduce our $16 trillion debt instead of showering special interests with even more wasteful subsidies that have nothing to do with the drought.
The United States can't afford giveaways for mining and oil companies anymore.
The government is spending $15 billion to create a nuclear fuel derived from plutonium that we have to bribe companies to take.
Energy subsidies are obsolete, ineffective, and a huge waste of valuable public resources at a time when we are rummaging through the couch cushions to find loose change to pay for our ballooning deficits and debt.
The Pentagon is scrambling to protect its flank in these budget-cutting times.